“I’m in love with you…And it’s not becuase you’re one of The Chosen, and it’s not because of the bond taht sharing blood caused in us. I’d love you even without all that.”Maggie Shayne, Twilight Guardians, p. 238
Another story about vampires? Of course, I was interested. It’s hard for me to turn down a vampire-romance book. However, I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. It wasn’t terrible but it’s definitely far from a favorite. I would actually put it down to the level of the Twilight series (I’m one of those that enjoyed the books the first time I read them but it’s not a series that I’ll most likely reread often). It had a good plot to it, however, it was hard to keep my attention on the story as a lot of it felt quite drawn out. There were snatches of excitement and then it would wheeze out for a bit and then come back into some more action. And thanks to my inability to not finish a book I’ve started I stuck through it till the end.
Is it worth a read, sure. Is it worth a second read, most likely not.
The main issue that I had with the book, other than the parts that seemed to drag on, is that it’s way too much like The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward. And, well, Black Dagger was written first and holds my attention much more. Like Black Dagger, Twilight Guardians has a group of protected called The Chosen, the only difference between the books when it comes to The Chosen is that in Twilight Guardians they are mortals with a rare blood disorder and the only ones that have the ability to be turned into vampires. The sex is much like the same as well where they get so excited that they can’t help but sink their teeth in while going at it. Another likeability between the two is that in which there are the ancients and the younger species of vampires.
I’ve read a few other Maggie Shayne books and have liked them well enough but this book just got to me with it being too much like Black Dagger and trying too hard to be a lustful vampire series. I may eventually give the second, Twilight Vendetta, and the third, The Rhiannon Chronicles a chance but I’m not sure as of yet. If I do, it’s going to be a bit in the future. I’m hoping they are better than the first.
About Twilight Guardians
For all Charlie O’Malley has been told, they had a cure for the rare blood condition that would eventually kill her – an untested, experimental cure. All they wanted in return was for her to join their elite military team and train to kill the Undead. The only reason she went through with it was, not that she cared so much about extending her life, but because it would make her strong–stronger than ordinary humans. Strong enough to kill the vampire who’d pretended to love her, taken her blood, used her body, and murdered her mother.
Killion was the last of his kind, or so he thought. When he found Charlie, he felt a pull towards her that he couldn’t ignore. She had the rare Belladonna Antigen all vampires are compelled to protect those rare mortals they called The Chosen. But with Charlie, the bond was different, more powerful than anything he’s felt before. And impossible to resist, even though surrendering to it will probably get him killed.
A list of Maggie Shayne’s books can be found on her site here – Book List – and then clicking on the option you would like to view at the top of the page. She also has a printable list that can be found here – Printable Book List